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Making Boards To Play Cornhole

 

Cornhole is a fun game involving two boards and bean bags. The goal is to toss the bags onto the boards to get them through the holes. Cornhole sets come in a variety of designs and can be made with various accessories, such as lights on the bottom so that you can play at night or sound effects that will go off when the bags land on the board or in the holes.

When you make your own cornhole boards, you need to get the measurements just right as well as the dimensions for the holes. You should also make sure the holes are the proper distance apart. Elevate the boards at just the right angle to allow the bags to stay in place on the board if they don’t reach the holes. You’re going to need to make or purchase eight bags because you need four for each board. You can usually make the boards in a day and design them with any pattern or any color that you like. Supplies can usually be purchased at most hardware stores because you really only need the wood for the boards and the material to make the bean bags unless you get bags that are already made.

When the boards are finished, you should use paint that creates a slick surface to make it easier for the bags to slide when they are thrown. You can put a cup under the holes so that they don’t land on the ground and get damaged. Make sure the boards that are used are sanded. This will prevent any damage to the bags that are used. It will also provide a professional appearance for the boards instead of jagged edges and splinters on the surface. You can make a box for the boards to sit on instead of a simple design. The box will help to keep the boards off the ground, and it can make it easier to carry the boards when you’re getting them out of storage or putting them up after playing. Cover your boards to keep moisture away from them and to keep any damage to a minimum.

Things You Should Not Do When Moving To A New Home

(Background Photo by Jamie Street on Unsplash)

 

We have just recently moved to a new flat after staying from the previous one for a decade. It was bittersweet and towards the days before the final move, it had become a total bitter experience because – we did not plan correctly for the move.

We already had the notion of moving but the date was not certain until we received our confirmation for the new flat and everything after that was just done in haste. Of all the moves we have done in the past, the last one was really the most disorganized one because we had very little time left until our contract expires and the confirmation to check in the new place  takes effect.

And because of our own misgivings in the move, here are valuable lessons every homeowner should note when you are planning to relocate or move to a new place. Never, ever do these things below:

Do not plan your move last minute

One thing that will hamper your smooth progress of moving is when you plan your move on the 11th hour. This is when you start rushing and forgetting to put what where. I also do not like the cramming and stress I subject myself into when it comes to meeting very tight deadlines when you still have one million and one things to pack and do.

Always ensure that you give yourself enough time, like a month or so to give your vacating notice, coordinate with professional movers on the date of packing and removal of stuff, and the hiring of professional cleaners to sort your old home and make it presentable so you don’t waste your deposit.

Do not leave your old rented flat or rented home in a mess

Our only excuse for not having the old flat cleaned and brought forward to its presentable state was the last minute timings we have. The timing was really off for use. But if you have the time to contact a professional cleaner company to clean your old home/flat, patch up those holes you have drilled before, repaint (if necessary), and really make the old flat presentable again before handover to the landlord then I suggest you really do this.

There are certain clauses in the contract that indicates that when moving out, you should leave your old premise in pristine condition or else, they will deduct certain amount from your deposit or worse, you have to pay more.

Do not leave the holes you have drilled when putting up those frames and shelves un-puttied

Just like the reason above, make sure you have enough time to cover up those gapping holes you created while decorating your old home. You can buy putty at any hardware or home depot stores and you can actually do it yourself even if you’re not very handy. There are plenty of how-to videos in the internet to help you do this without spending a fortune if you don’t feel like paying for a professional.

Do not pack in haste and do not forget to mark your boxes with description of their contents

Always give yourself enough time for a leeway when packing. It can buy you more time to organize and sort what you will put it in each boxes. Do not pack in haste as you will surely miss stuff like in our case.  I only managed to put description on few boxes and the rest where done in haste. I am not proud of it since I am a stickler for organization and system but this time, everything we did for the move was very uncharacteristic. Never again!

 

Many things can go wrong when you don’t plan your move accordingly. Time is really important when moving and having everything move smoothly. Also, don’t be afraid to hire help from the professionals even if you have to pay extra because that is what they do. They are there to help lessen your burden with packing and moving.

Plan Your Dream Home Renovation Project

Looking at home decorating magazines and websites can be like going into a candy store. People who dream of having that perfect dream house often spend hours reviewing those home decorating sites that offer pictures of gorgeously redone homes. Do these ideas about making your house into a gorgeous showplace have to stay within the realm of fantasy though? The truth is, every homeowner has an opportunity to make their home into the place of their dreams. All it takes is planning, the help of a great contractor, and good financing, on a budget. Many homeowners finance their home remodel by taking out a home equity loan, which can be a smart move if the loan is acquired at a low interest rate.

Making a Plan

Once those home decor sites have been thoroughly reviewed, the homeowner needs to really spend time thinking about what needs to be upgraded in their home. Wall color? New flooring and carpets? A bathroom remodel? Put it all on the table and make a plan! Once an idea is worked through, it’s time to start looking for a contractor who can provide home renovation quotes based on the remodel ideas.

Finding A Contractor

While in years past finding a good contractor could be a challenge for those not involved in the building industry, today the search is much easier. Now there are many quality online sites available that offer listings of local contractors. These sites are user friendly, and provide information on contractors as well as examples of past projects and client reviews. When a good candidate has been found, it’s wise to set up a free phone consultation that allows for a discussion of the project. If the contractor seems the right fit, an agreement can be created, and the real work can begin.

Once the real planning begins, it’s wise to make all design changes in advance, before any materials have been ordered. This will keep things on budget, and let the work flow more easily.

No, taking on a remodel isn’t a small job, but done well, it can be incredibly rewarding on many levels. So why wait? Start planning that dream house today!

 

Minimalist Christmas Tree

I grew up seeing lush Christmas Tree being set at home. I prefer the lush ones so there’s plenty of room to hang decors on and really beautify the Christmas tree. However, there are people who prefer a simple and minimalist Christmas tree just like the ones below.

 

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(Photo credit: owners of the photos)

 

How about you? Do you like the  lush Christmas tree or the very minimalist one?

Homemade Meaty Pizza Squares

I like making use of spare food in the ref when there are excess. So, when I make spaghetti and there is remaining meat sauce, I make use of that sauce by making pizza squares at home! Super delish and will not cost you much. You don’t even have to order pizza because you can have your own at home.

Here’s what you need and how to make homemade meaty pizza squares

Left-over cooked spaghetti meat sauce
Loaf slices (you can buy wholemeal/fibre loaf for healthier option)
Shredded cheese (I prefer white cheddar for the mild taste)

 

Use a big flat baking pan
Line it with a wax paper, aluminum sheet or spray with light oil or butter
Line your loaf slices and spread some spaghetti sauce on top
Sprinkle with grated cheese
Pre-heat your oven to 320 degrees
Bake your pizza squares for 4-5 minutes only, longer than that will overcook the cheese
Once lightly baked, pull out from the oven (be careful, and use some kitchen mittens!)
Serve and enjoy!

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